26. Win 2 Tickets to Sold Out Oscar Short Films Event at The Catlow Theater

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The Catlow Theater - Courtesy of Anthony Tortoriello

The hottest ticket in Barrington this weekend is to the SOLD OUT showing of ten Oscar-Nominated short films playing at The Catlow Theater on Saturday afternoon, February 23rd.  But if you missed the chance to get tickets, we have a way for you to see the show!  We just got our hands on two tickets and we’ll be giving them away in a contest right here at 365Barrington.com.

Post - Oscar Short Films Event at The Catlow

The Village of Barrington’s Cultural Commission organized Saturday’s Afternoon of Oscar-Nominated Short Films.  The tickets cost $10 each, the event lasts from noon until 4 and ten Oscar-nominated short films will be shown on the Catlow’s big screen, including the 5 Oscar-Nominated Animated Short Films and 5 Live Action Short Films in the running for Oscars this Sunday.

Photographed by Anthony Tortoriello
Photographed by Anthony Tortoriello

This weekend’s 85th Academy Awards will be the first Oscars since the 85-year-old Catlow Theater completed their community-funded conversion late last year from film to the digital movie playing format required by Hollywood movie studios today.

The Catlow raised $175,000 and counting through a Kickstarter campaign launched last summer.  They needed $100,000 to pay for the digital conversion and have earmarked the additional funds for needed theater improvements and repairs.

The Village’s Marketing & Events Coordinator, Anne Garrette, says it’s the first time the Village has teamed up to host a movie event with The Catlow.

Anne says the Cultural Commission took the initiative, proposed the idea to The Catlow and The Village took charge of printing tickets and promoting the event.

“I’m just shocked at the overwhelming response.  Our first goal was to try and sell about 100 tickets.  We sold all 550 available tickets in two weeks.”

“If it’s popular and all goes well, maybe we’ll try it again.  We’ll have to assess things after this weekend and see how it goes.”

Restaurants and businesses downtown are also partnering with the Village and The Catlow, planning specials to treat the movie-goers this Saturday.  You’ll find the list of specials planned for this Saturday at EnjoyBarrington.com.

If you don’t have tickets, but you’d still like to go, we have TWO TICKETS, which we’ll give away to one lucky reader.  For a chance to win, just fill out the form below with your answer to the question:

What is your favorite Catlow Theater memory?

Share your answer below and your name will be entered into our drawing at the end of this week.  We’ll announce the winner this Friday, right here at 365Barrington.com.

Fill out my online form.

The Barrington Cultural Commission is so excited about the Afternoon of Oscar-Nominated Short Films, they created this special video promoting the event.

And, to pique your interest, here’s the list and the video trailers for all 10 of the Oscar-Nominated short films playing at The Catlow this Saturday…

The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare

The baby, Maggie Simpson, copes with a day in pre-school.

Adam & Dog

Explores that proverbial “moment in time” when dog and human being first met in the Garden of Eden.

Fresh Guacamole

A stop-motion animated film where an unseen chef prepares a dish using some very non-food ingredients with a “side” of very creative cinematic techniques.

Head Over Heels

Illustrates how two adults, who philosophically cannot agree over which way is up, divergently live their lives in the same house that way, literally.

HEAD OVER HEELS – Trailer from Timothy Reckart on Vimeo.


Focuses on the plight of a young man in a 1940’s downtown skyscraper office building attempting to get the attention of a young woman who works in an office on the same floor across the street.


A coming of age fable of a Somali boy as he struggles to survive in his war-torn land.

Asad – Short Film Trailer from Nice Shoes on Vimeo.

Buzkashi Boys

Set in Afghanistan, a coming of age story of two best friends who struggle to realize their dreams in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth.


At the lowest point of his life, a man gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece for a few hours.

Death of a Shadow

In this dramatic fantasy a soldier, who died during World War I, is given the opportunity to see his one true love once again.


Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown into turmoil the day the love of his life disappears mysteriously.

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